Aloe Vera is a small herb that stays evergreen in all the seasons.
It is a type of plant which can tolerate drought conditions.
It has thick and succulent leaves which contain gel-like substance and also juice.
It is being used for many years for its amazing health benefits to man.
Aloe Vera gel finds its use especially for skin, face, stomach, and other organs.
It’s juice and gel or mild, gentle on the skin and is also non-toxic for internal consumption.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits
1. It has purgative properties, i.e. it can irritate the gut and enhance bowel evacuation. Hence it can be used in the treatment of constipation.
2. Aloe in high doses can cause an artificial abortion. So it can be used to induce abortion. As per complementary and alternative medicine for cancer (CAM), it is contra-indicated to consume orally by pregnant women due to fear of abortion.
3. Aloe is good to treat menstruation problems. It can restore normal menstruation if disrupted.
4. Aloctine is one of the constituents in aloe juice. This can remove dead tissue by stimulating the process of phagocytosis. The process of phagocytosis occurs due to macrophages (white blood cells) in the body. They roam freely in the blood and eat up any dead tissue or foreign particle. This aloctine is believed to enhance the formation of macrophages and thereby phagocytosis.
5. It possesses various antibacterial and anti-fungal chemical entities. These can potentially delay and inhibit the growth of such microorganisms.
6. It is a good natural food preservative as it can prevent microbial growth. One can avoid the use of harmful synthetic preservatives. Hence it is used to preserve some fruits like oranges, grapes that quickly get rotten or deteriorated.
7. It is a good nutraceutical and can be used for stomach ailments, to enhance immunity, cough and cold, asthma, kidney protection, cleansing of toxins from intestines and skin and also prevent hair loss.
8. Due to a high level of moisture content and less/slow-drying properties, it is extensively incorporated in cosmetic products to serve as a hydrating or moisturizing ingredient in liquid or creams, sun-lotions, shaving creams, lip-guards, face packs, healing ointments, and various protective creams.
9. It is also used as an ingredient in the preparation of phytomedicines as an adjuvant and used in the treatment of various skin disorders like eczema, cracks on soles, abrasions, frostbite, insect bites, superficial burns or sunburns, and also for rashes in babies.
Uses for face:
Aloe gel is protective to face due to its anti-wrinkle, soothing, protectant and cleansing properties. It can avoid damage to the skin from harsh sunburns, thermal burns, radiation burns, skin irritation.
It helps minimize the chances of skin ulceration and malignancy.
It is also said to prevent microbial growth and may help reduce acne. Due to moisturizing properties, it can prevent dryness of the skin on the face. Skin products like aloe vera soap, cleansers, moisturizers have aloe vera in their composition to provide the above qualities to facial skin.
Uses for hair:
Hair damage or loss occurs mostly due to uncleanliness and microbial infections. Aloe vera has properties like cleansing and anti-microbial thereby can help clean the hair and also reduce dandruff thereby control hair fall. Hence we can notice many hair shampoos, conditioners containing aloe vera as one of the ingredients.
Aloe vera side effects:
As discussed before, aloe can be used to treat constipation. However, when used alone, it can cause gripping and pain in the intestines. So, it should be combined with carminatives or antispasmodics.
Further, it should not be used in pregnant women for constipation as it can cause unwanted abortions.
How to make aloe vera juice:
Aloe juice is obtained by the spontaneous flow of liquid content from succulent leaves of aloe on the incision. The gel is obtained by careful eliminating the upper layers of the leaf. But if you are interested in making juice for consumption then refer to How to Make Aloe Vera Juice. It consists of water, amino acids, carbohydrates and to a small extent fat all of which are easily digestible by the body.